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How to Hang a Trail Camera for Deer Hunting

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Small food-plots and crop-field edges are good places to inventory bachelor groups of bucks in the late summer with trail cameras. The key is to set the cameras up correctly. Angling a camera due west or east can cause lens flare and false captures at sunrise and sunset. Set your camera so that it's pointed waist-high where you expect to get the most deer traffic. Set your camera to a short-delay burst mode. Set adjustable passive infrared detectors (PIR) to maximum sensitivity. Cameras with quick trigger speeds and long detection ranges help. Clear brush and grass that could trip the motion detector out of the way. Then let the camera work. Mobile setups allow you to watch an area for weeks without intrusion. Individual buck patterns might change by hunting season, but the routes that deer use. These areas probably won't - and that can be a big help when it comes time to hang stands.